Caleb Backholm, who owns an insurance agency, filed to run in District 7 on Fort Worth’s City Council. Two people are officially running for the seat to date— Backholm and Jason Ellis.
“I am concerned for America’s big cities,” Backholm said in a statement on his campaign website. “For too long local city governments have neglected the basics of crime, safety, and cleanliness.
Backholm has a degree from from Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.
District 7 includes parts of northwest Fort Worth. Current District 7 Leonard Firestone announced he wasn’t seeking re-election.
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Municipal elections are coming up. Here are some key dates:
Jan. 18: Candidates began filing
Feb. 17: Last day for candidates to file
April 6: Last day to register to vote
April 24: Early voting begins
May 2: Early voting ends
May 6: Election Day
Candidates across all 11 districts will vie for a seat at the dias May 6. Of the nine incumbents, five have filed for reelection so far.
Two districts — 10 and 11 — will be filled for the first time, after the city council passed a redistricting map to establish them.
You can register to vote in the upcoming municipal election here.